Presidential Debate that wasn’t

Those of you who know me are aware that I am pretty rigid about staying in my lane. I am a NH State Representative. The issues that I deal with don’t always match up with national party politics. I focus on doing my job, and avoid being distracted by sensationalism or national politics. Nonetheless, I feel compelled to comment on the alleged debate that happened last night.

Please watch this, it is only 2 minutes long and you need to see it, and should also be saddened that it is fiction because it is the truth.

As long as Presidential elections are no holds barred cage matches, we’re never going to get this. The candidates need to stop making it this way, and the people need to stop letting it work. It’s all about ratings. Maybe we shouldn’t watch. We can always read the transcripts the next day.

I’ve worked with other candidates to help them prepare for events like the Charlestown Rotary Candidate Night event. The advice is always the same, and really simple.

“You’ve got three minutes to explain why the folks should vote for you. Don’t waste any of it talking about your opponent.”

Most of all, I would like federal candidates and the Presidential candidates to spend more time answering one question. “What is your positive image and plan for America’s future?”

~ Steve

About Rep. Steven Smith

Steven Smith is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, serving his 7th term. Rep. Smith currently represents Charlestown, Newport, and Unity. Rep. Smith is the Deputy Speaker of the NH House.
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